Israel Prevents Land Rehabilitation near Nablus

NABLUS, December 27, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli army Sunday prevented Palestinians from rehabilitating their land near Qusra, to the south of Nablus, according to local sources.

Director of the field projects of Rabbis for Human Rights, Zakaria Sedda, told WAFA that Israeli troops obstructed the work of bulldozers working to rehabilitate the land, which is located in Area B of the occupied West Bank, under joint Israeli-Palestinian control, and near the Illegal Israeli settlement outpost of ‘Yesh Kodesh’.

According to al-Haq Human Rights center, Israel imposes restrictions on Palestinian farmers who want to access the olive groves located in proximity to settlements or behind the Annexation Wall.

“Palestinian farmers are required to apply for permits in order to be allowed entry into their own lands. Palestinians are often denied permits or granted insufficient time to adequately tend their land; these restrictions often become more severe during olive harvest season,” said the center.

In addition, during the harvest season, Palestinian farmers are often subjected to harassment and attacks by Israeli settlers, including the destruction, damage, and burning of olive trees.

“Israel continues to deny Palestinians their fundamental right to self-determination, including the principle of sovereignty over land and natural resources, depriving them from their means of livelihoods, in contradiction to Article 1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),” said al-Haq in a story published in November 2014.

“Under international humanitarian law and as stated in the Fourth Geneva Convention, Israel has an obligation not to restrict the right to work of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT),” added the center.

“The Annexation Wall and the permit system amongst other measures and policies applied by Israel prevent Palestinians’ right to movement which seriously impacts their livelihoods.”